Preseason Will Carry Greater Emphasis For Bears

Matt Nagy plans to use his starters more often in the preseason in 2020.

Chris Emma
May 15, 2020 - 6:03 pm

(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy is a glass-half-full guy, but even he won't speculate on how the NFL's season will play out amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Nagy and the Bears are embracing the unique circumstances of a virtual offseason program, which he noted has been more comfortable for meetings in some forms. Still, the Bears have key work to conduct on the field and are left wondering when that will play out.

The NFL is still planning to hold training camps as scheduled in July, which would mark the beginning of the Bears' quarterback battle. Without on-field work expected before July, Nagy is planning to play his key starters in the preseason more after holding them out for the majority of reps the past two years.

"What's been presented to us is four preseason games," Nagy said on a teleconference Friday. "If we play those four preseason games, that's the way it goes. That's the best time for us to be able to get that evaluation process going. We need to get as many reps as we can to be able to see what they're doing. 

"We need to have more competition-type levels, 11-on-11-type deals in practice, we'll do that too."

Nagy made it clear that quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles won't be competing for the starting job over Zoom meetings in the virtual offseason program. That position battle will begin in earnest whenever the Bears can take the field for their first practices.

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Nagy has "no clue" whether the Bears and the NFL will conduct their 2020 season as scheduled. In the meantime, his team is embracing its virtual preparation.

"The time that we are missing on the field, we are getting when we are together in these breakout rooms," Nagy said. "What we call them 'coffee shops.' Just talking about life. It’s not just X’s and O’s. And I think that part has been so valuable. It’s taken a little bit of time, but once you become comfortable with it, it becomes a lot easier and then at the end of the day you realize we got some stuff done."

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